Photo by Victória Kubiaki
As winter rolls around, so does the snow, sleet, hail, rain, and a slew of potential hazards. Although winter can be a beautiful and enjoyable time, it also increases the risk of slips, falls, collisions and illnesses. These dangers can be found everywhere including the streets, roads, your home, and in buildings such as your workplace.
Stay safe this winter and be aware of these three wintertime hazards:
Snow can greatly decrease visibility, making it extremely hard to see signs, pedestrians, and other cars. As well, ice on the roads can make it slippery, reducing tire traction and creating dangerous driving conditions where skids and slips are more likely. Some ways to avoid these accidents is to ensure your car is in great condition during the winter and consider investing in winter tires and having a first aid kit handy in case of accidents.
Ice on the stairs and sidewalks are hazards making it easier for slips, falls and serious injuries. Avoid this by purchasing winter boots and ensuring you clean your footwear of snow before entering any building. Though easily preventable, falls and slips are one of the most frequent workplace accidents that take place.
When it's cold out it's important to bundle up and ensure no skin is left exposed to the elements. Two of the most common injuries and illnesses to arise from cold temperatures are frostbite and hypothermia. If your workplace requires you to be outdoors in freezing temperatures, make sure that you're sufficiently prepared with mittens, a toque, scarf and multiple layers of clothing. Take your breaks as well as walks to keep yourself warm and your heart pumping.
Wintertime weather makes going about your daily activities that much more challenging. Make sure that you're prepared for any type of situation when dealing with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures and sign-up for a first aid training class at L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard training.